Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly Votes to Boycott Israeli Settlement Products
6 July 2012
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Church (USA) General Assembly Votes to Boycott Israeli Settlement Products
Boycott Specifies Ahava Dead Sea Cosmetics and Hadiklaim Dates
Friday, July 6 the Plenary of the 220th Presbyterian General Assembly voted to
boycott all Israeli settlement products, including Ahava Dead Sea cosmetics and
Hadiklaim dates, which were specified by name in the overture. The vote is
consistent with decades of Presbyterian opposition to Israeli settlements in
and the occupation of the West Bank.
15-02 “On Boycotting Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories and Hadiklaim (an Israeli Date
Growers Cooperative)” (https://www.pc-biz.org/IOBView.aspx?m=ro&id=3775)
was expanded to include all settlement products, and then passed by a vote of
are thrilled that plenary voters followed the lead of the Middle East and
Peacekeeping Committee and the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on
Racial and Ethnic Concerns in supporting the boycott of Israeli settlement
companies, which are in violation of international law,” said Rev. Dr. Walt
Davis, Israel Palestine Mission Network Education Co-Chair. “No one should
profit from the suffering of the peoples of the Holy Land.”
you Presbyterians for following G-d’s teaching ‘You shall not steal,’ in
passing this overture. As a Jew, I am inspired by the Presbyterian faith-based
decision to align words with action for justice,” said Rae Abileah, member of
Young Jewish Proud, the youth wing of Jewish Voice for Peace, and co-director
years ago CODEPINK launched the Stolen Beauty boycott of Ahava cosmetics (www.stolenbeauty.org).
Since then, Ahava has been targeted by human rights activists around the world,
from Capetown to London to Los Angeles, because of the company’s flagrant
violations of international law.
of settlement goods, including Ahava cosmetics, has become an increasingly
popular way for global citizens to help take the profit out of Israel’s
occupation of the Palestinian territories. Jewish support for settlement
boycott is increasing. Over a dozen rabbis signed a letter to
Presbyterian delegates explaining their support for the Ahava boycott overture.
During the past few months, several prominent Israelis and Jews have endorsed
settlement boycott, including former Speaker of the Israeli Parliament and
World Zionist Organization leader Avraham Burg, former Israeli Foreign Ministry
director Alon Liel, and Jewish-American political pundit Peter Beinart.
The Presbyterians join the Methodists who voted in May to
boycott settlement goods. The church boycott comes in response to the pleas of
Palestinian Christians, as outlined in the Kairos Palestine document.